Itinerary of Tour
Your tour begins in Naples/Salerno/Sorrento with a 75-minute Minibus/Minivan to Caserta. This private tour regards the visit of the Royal Palace of Caserta, better known as the Palace of Caserta: an architectural masterpiece designed by Luigi Vanvitelli in the eighteenth century. The itinerary includes both the interior of the Palace and the fabulous park of over 120 hectares; both declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit to the fabulous interiors of the Royal Palace, which represent one of the highest points of the Italian Baroque style and that leave every visitor agape. The huge house has four courtyards and many rooms (over 1200), chapels, museums and theaters. Everything is connected by 34 magnificent staircases and by 1970 windows that provide the necessary lighting.In the lobby of the building there is the grand staircase with 116 steps and marble statues that indicate the way. The staircase leads up to the upper vestibule and the Palatine Chapel, with vault ceilings and gilded rosettes. You can admire the royal apartments, decorated with a refined style where the rococo merges with the neoclassical. The best painters of that time contributed with their arts to create the most sublime decoration of the eighteenth century in Italy.
The park respects completely the majesty of the Palace, with its fountains, the subtlety of its design and the greenery. The gardens extend for over three kilometers and end with a 78 meters-high waterfall that flows into the terrific Fountain of Diana. Within the park there is also the English Garden, commissioned by Maria Carolina of Austria, full of rare and exotic plants, a picturesque lake and artificial ruins decorated with statues.
You'll reboard the Minibus/Minivan for a 30-minute ride to the beautiful city of Naples where you will have opportunity to have lunch with the famous Neapolitan Pizza . YOU HAVEN’T HAD PIZZA UNTIL YOU’VE HAD NEAPOLITAN PIZZA. Our cheeses are fine Italian cheeses made from high quality milks, and the mozzarella is also known as “white gold”, for its premium quality and taste. The crust releases the flavor of well-baked bread. The sauce delivers the characteristic aroma of a fresh and fragrant mediterranean plate. 90 seconds in our wood-fired ovens at close to 1000 degrees bake it to perfection. Neapolitan Pizza is magic. Neapolitan Pizza exalts the flavors, and celebrates the senses. Each bite distributes an array of flavors, an arrangement of textures. Neapolitan Pizza is fine pizza. Pizza with a capital N. Pure ingredients. Rare freshness. Classical simplicity. Historical heritage. Neapolitan Pizza is the meal of choice for health-conscious foodies and epicureans alike.
You'll take in the hustle and bustle of Naples from the comfort of an air-conditioned Minibus/Minivan complete with a knowledgeable tour guide narrating the way. This three-hour tour takes you through the historic city center past Naples' marvelous old architecture and public squares, including Via Marina, Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Carlo III. Also on the tour are Palazzo Municipale, home to the Castle Nuovo and the Naples National Archaeological Museum on Via Foria. This museum of artifacts possesses an important collection of antiquities from the Roman Empire, including many of the antiques unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as relicts from the Greek and Renaissance periods.
Other significant buildings include the Teatro di San Carlo, which is the largest opera house in Italy and one of the most distinguished in the world. Opposite the opera house is the Umberto Gallery that dates back to 1887.Passing the Piazza Vittoria, we'll head towards the sea and stop for a photo opportunity at a viewpoint on posh Posillipo hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Enjoy the panoramic views where many a postcard shot was taken.We'll take a break for refreshments at a local chalet for a beverage before heading back to the ship. As we drive along the waterfront, notice the site where Naples was first founded: Castel dell'Ovo or "egg-castle". Its curious name comes from a Roman legend that claimed the castle was built over an egg placed on the site with the belief that if the egg broke Naples would fall.